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HER Number:MDV26281
Name:Pool between Cox Tor and Great Staple Tor


Previously recorded from aerial photographs as a possible quarry. Marked as 'pond' on modern mapping and is one of the examples suggested by Greeves (2019) to potentially have Prehistoric origins.


Grid Reference:SX 536 762
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/126

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POND (Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? (Between) to 42 AD (Between))
  • (Former Type) QUARRY? (Mid 20th Century to Late 20th Century - 1950 AD to 1989 AD)

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1982, NMR SF2112, 1336 (Aerial Photograph). SDV345548.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Water filled quarry on land between Cox Tor and Great Staple Tor.

Griffiths, F. M., 1986, Recorded as extant, 24/8/1986 (Personal Comment). SDV223113.

Extant; note from a site visit?

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Pond' is depicted on the modern mapping.

Greeves, T. A. P., 2019, Dartmoor's Sacred Pools. Design in the Prehistoric Landscape, 15, Cox Tor (Article in Serial). SDV363426.

SX 53635 76205 The pool at Cox Tor measures around 35 by 25m. One of over 40 such 'sacred' pools identified on Dartmoor that are thought to have potentially been designed during the prehistoric period, and may have been used to deposit votive items, although these Dartmoor examples may have alternative significance as designed prehistoric elements in the landscape. Many are located on ridge tops and in conjunction with cairns, stone rows and other prehistoric features. Further research may well reveal more about these interesting features.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV223113Personal Comment: Griffiths, F. M.. 1986. Recorded as extant. Not Applicable. 24/8/1986.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345548Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1982. NMR SF2112. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1336.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #85245 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 12 2023 9:32AM